Musicology

To understand music.

Degree programme specification

2395/5000

The aim of the study of the field of musical science in the master's degree is the multilateral development of knowledge, skills and methodological knowledge from the field of musical science. It is characterized by the wide range of themes it deals with, as well as the high variety of methods to achieve the intended goals. In addition to the history of musical history (devoted to areas of historical development of musical cultures, national and composer schools, life and creation of individual composers, changes in interpretative practice, etc.), historiography is devoted to increased attention to the methodology and subjects of systematic musical science. These are mainly music aesthetics, theory and philosophy, selected problems of musical paleography (characteristics, qualification and classification of various notation systems), musical sociology and psychology, musical organology and its related disciplines including musical iconography. Language equipment is also important (except English, Latin and German). In the acquisition of key competencies, music activities are still very important (within the framework of the lessons it is possible to perform singing in several choirs, playing piano, chamber ensembles or orchestra). An Erasmus + internship is also desirable at one of the many European universities with which the Institute of Musicology has concluded a partnership agreement and the application of the knowledge and experience gained abroad in their own musical work. This field of study is intended especially for graduates and graduates of bachelor studies in the field of musical science, or other related fields (eg the field of Theory and Operational Practice of Old Music, which is guaranteed by the Brno Institute of Musicology). His concept counts on deepening the theoretical set of knowledge, skills and methods of musical science as well as their application in practice. Students of the master's degree in musical science are able to work with professional literature (Czech and foreign) as well as with primary and secondary sources related to different areas of musical culture. The aim is also to maximize the critical thinking and application of modern methodological procedures and knowledge. Graduates in this field will be able to analyze and contextualize various types and forms of artistic expression, both in the field of classical music and non-artistic music. Graduates can further study musical science in a doctoral degree program, but they are also ready for specialized practice in practice.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time, combined
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Work experience

Student will practice in various musical and cultural institutions (museums, archives, theaters, media, orchestras, concert agencies etc.). It can also participate in the research tasks of the Institute and some grant projects.

Graduate destination

The graduate of musicology gains a deep knowledge of the theory and history of music, enabling him to have a wide and varied range of applications in professional practice, including independent solving of scientific tasks, both in the sphere of basic and applied research (academic workplaces, archives and museums). He is also qualified for application in musical institutions (orchestras, opera theaters, printed and electronic media, editorial offices, music publishers and publishers, musical and cultural foundations, etc.). He can also apply professionally in the field of music education. He can also study musical science in the doctoral study program.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Further studies

A graduate of a master's degree program may, after fulfilling the conditions of admission, continue the Ph.D. study of music science.

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